Conditions Worsening For Rohingya In Cox's Bazar Ahead Of Rains

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies said conditions in crowded camps in Cox's bazar in Bangladesh have deteriorated for nearly 700,000 Rohingya as aid workers race to strengthen shelters ahead of monsoon season.

Head of its emergency operations in the coastal area said its clinics were scaling up to combat possible outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases feared with the rains that could arrive this month.

Desperation has grown among the Muslim Rohingyas, who fled a military crackdown last August in Myanmar's Rakhine state and many see scant chance of returning.

The U.N. Refugee agency UNHCR said last week conditions in Myanmar were not ready for a safe return of the Rohingya.